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Smarter ways to do business travel

March 6th, 2009 by Lauren · 1 Comment

Do you travel for business? It’s not something we do a lot of — most of our clients are local — but for those who are on the road a lot, efficient planning and effective use of your travel time make a huge difference to the return on your travel-dollar investment.

Our friend and esteemed colleague, Alexandra Samuel, just published a great blog post at Harvard Business about using social media tools to travel smarter. It’s packed with bright ideas, and to quote Alex, “using these tools to fill my travel time wisely means that I can travel less, spend more time with my family, and reduce the total carbon footprint of my flying. Best of all, packing a lot into each trip means that I return home with fresh knowledge, relationships and inspiration.”

Better still, a lot of her tips are helpful for non-travellers as well — many of them are simply smart networking tips — like this one:

9. Capture the card. Use shoeboxed to scan and digitize the business cards you collect on the road. Or do it yourself with Evernote: use your iPhone to snap a picture of each card you collect, and Evernote will use character recognition to make it full-text searchable (and accessible from the web or your desktop).

(BTW, are any of you using Evernote this way? I confess to not having explored it to its full capacity yet, but am intrigued by what it claims to offer…)

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  • 1 Janel // Mar 10, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    I have not fully used Evernote either. I have it on my iPhone but it’s only the free version which I think the feature Alexandra was speaking of is only on the Premium version. Of Course!